A DC Powered Remote Console Server is the Perfect Solution for Remote Equipment Racks

Due to the very nature of some network applications, many remote network equipment racks are located so far off of the beaten track, that they’re beyond the reach of AC power lines and sometimes even beyond the reach of internet cables. In spite of the isolated locations of these remote equipment racks, network administrators still need a means to communicate with the devices at the remote site in order to retrieve data, issue configuration commands and check device status. A DC powered remote console server (http://www.wti.com/c-47-remote-console-servers.aspx) provides an ideal tool for administrators who need out of band management capabilities for remote network elements in environments where only DC Power is available and communication with the outside world is limited to dial-up or satellite modem.

In cases where AC power is not readily available, a DC powered remote console server equipped with a modem provides a secure, effective means for access to console port command functions on vital network elements. Typically, console ports on other devices in the remote equipment rack are cable connected to the DC powered remote console server and the remote console server is connected to an external modem and telephone line. This allows administrators to establish a dial-up or satellite modem connection to the remote console server, and then connect to any attached network device via the remote console server.

In addition to providing out of band access to network elements at the remote network equipment rack, the remote console server can also be configured to monitor environmental conditions and other events at the remote site, and then promptly notify administrators when potentially harmful conditions or events are detected at the remote site. Full featured remote console servers often include the ability to monitor rack temperature, ping command response, power supply stability, communication status, invalid access attempts and other relevant factors at the remote site, and then provide notification via SNMP trap, email, text message or SYSLOG message if conditions exceed user-defined threshold values.

When an alarm is triggered at the remote network equipment rack, administrators can quickly contact the remote console server in order to deal with any problems at the remote site without actually traveling there in person or sending support personnel off on an expensive service call. In a typical configuration, the network administrator would be able to perform a number of functions via the remote console server, including switching on cooling devices, changing configuration parameters for effected devices, and implementing diagnostic and troubleshooting routines.

If your network application includes remote, DC powered network equipment racks that are beyond the reach of direct communication via network, a DC powered remote console server with a dial-up or satellite modem can often prove to be the only workable alternative for out of band management. A DC powered remote console server with a modem essentially provides network administrators with the same powerful, out of band management tools that would be normally available in under the best conditions in an AC powered environment. When a DC powered remote console server is installed at a remote network equipment rack, network administrators can easily access critical console port command function on remote devices and keep track of crucial events and conditions at the remote site, without the constant need to travel to the site and check it out in person.

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